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Intelligence to shape our world

So… what is geospatial science?

Geospatial science is the measurement, analysis and presentation of geographic information. It can be used to describe the relationship between the physical geography and almost any subject matter you may want to investigate. For example, it can show how population growth relates to a particular region over a decade, or it can point to waterways where overfishing is more likely to occur.

As you can imagine, the data provided by geospatial science has a huge array of applications. It’s no wonder that it’s used to solve problems across a variety of industries.

What do geospatial scientists do?

The geospatial scientist explores the connections between the community and the environment to help predict patterns and trends. Or to put it another way, they tell you WHAT you need to know about a WHERE, and WHEN.

The intelligence they provide can be used to shape the world.

There are a number of tools designed to gather geographic information that are at the disposal of a geospatial scientist. Remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) are key in measuring and observing data. However, without geospatial scientists, there’d be no-one to sort through that data, analyse it and present it so that it can be applied in a meaningful way.

Why is geospatial science important?

By using geographic data to ask intelligent questions, we can gain new perspectives on the world. In fact, the applications of geospatial scientists’ work are only limited by our imagination. Geospatial science has been used to…

  • Document criminal activity – giving authorities the intelligence needed to fight crime
  • Track flooding patterns in populated areas – helping predict future flooding hotspots
  • Map sea floor topography – proving invaluable when searching for missing aircraft

Military intelligence, urban sprawl, environmental sustainability… the applications go on and on. Geospatial scientists’ work underpins decisions that have a direct effect on societal development. It can be applied to track coastal erosion, or help design towns and communities. Pokemon Go owes a heavy debt to the geospatial scientist, and their work is even at the heart of technology like Google Earth.

Basically, geospatial science solves problems. It offers the intelligence to shape our world.

Why become a geospatial scientist?

There are plenty of reasons to work towards becoming a geospatial scientist.

It’s an area that offers variety. After all, geospatial scientists get the chance to drive innovation. You’ll be able to access the latest technology and wield it to uncover rich intelligence that can drive future decision making

Graduates are also lucky to have excellent job prospects – and the pay’s good too. To find out more about the benefits of stepping into the geospatial science field, head through to our Study page.

How do you become a geospatial scientist?

How you pursue the study of geospatial science is up to you.

There are a number of different study pathways that lead to a variety of roles in the sector. Vocational training can see you become a geospatial operator, a cartographic technician or a GIS officer. To become a professional geospatial analyst, you’ll need to complete an undergraduate degree.

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